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Quote: from Danny on 3:27 pm on Mar. 4, 2007[br]Why doesn’t newmill run in the Gold Cup he’d have a better chance in that than the champion hurdle
Funny you should say that Danny.
In an interview with John Joseph Muphy in today’s Sunday Independent, the trainer is quoted:
"The Gold Cup is my plan and I definitely want to up him in distance next year. He’s won impressively over 2Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½ miles on a number of occasions. He’s very versatile and he’s so genuine that you could have him jumping hurdles one week and fences the next. He’s a rare beast. Who would stay with him over three miles the pace he goes?* He has The Dikler in his pedigree. There are more opportunities at three miles as well."
Regarding the Red Mills Hurdle defeat of Macs Joy and Harchibald, he states:
"The ground (officially heavy) wasn’t as bad as people were saying. There was a gorgeous cut of grass and it was proper soft ground."
* referring to a previous part of the article where Newmill is noted as the fastest horse in the yard, "even faster than the flat horses" and also his "extraordinary cruising speed"